FBO Artists

The Airport’s General Aviation Terminal is a perfect venue for local artist to highlight their work. Thousands of passengers travel through this building annually. To display the local talent, several artists have been selected by the AGS Art Committee to showcase their pieces. Below are the current artist on display.

Tim McSherry

Tim grew up in the foothills of Jefferson County, CO and has recently moved to Evans, GA. His artistic career began as a candle carver at Heritage Square in Golden, CO. At only 18 he started The Wax Workers candle company and began sculpting and selling candles to stores all across the United States. In addition to being an artist, Tim was a first responder from 1984 – 2012, first as a firefighter, then Deputy Sheriff, then Emergency Manager. He retired after 25 years of service and now provides Disaster Management Consulting Services around the world. “Many of my projects right now are in West Africa. We’re trying to help countries such as Cameroon and Senegal develop plans and improve capabilities to better deal with epidemics and other public health emergencies.”

Tim’s only been sculpting in clay since 2012. “I’ve not had any formal training in sculpting, but try and pick up new techniques from anyone I can. Sculpting faces are my favorite! I love to bring out the emotion and feeling of each character I make.”

Graphic Arts and Design has also been a passion of Tim’s. In the early 80’s he owned and operated King Graphics, an offset printing business. Over the past 30 years, Tim has designed numerous logos, patches and brochures, and even designed the paint scheme of a law enforcement mobile command post. Please see his 2 Dimension artwork page.

To view Tim’s website please Click here.

Thomas Francis Fitzgibbon

Thomas was born in Indianapolis Indiana. He Grow up during the Great Depression. At the outbreak of WW II, Tom tried to enlist in the Air force and was rejected by all branches of the armed forces due to being colorblind.

It was at this point he focused on his mechanical engineering skills and applied them to Allison Engine Company. After Allison Engine, Emerson Electric Company offered him a position and it was here that Tom made a significant breakthrough on the design of the Boeing B-17 gun turret.

This opened the doors for him to go to the west coast and join the aerospace industry in Southern California. He worked at Lockheed and Parker Hannafin before joining Garrett Airresearch in 1964.
Garrett Airresearch asked Tom to stay on as a consultant in that capacity for several years after his retirement.

Mr. Francis. Tom took great pride in his design and love of aviation, which is reflected in the hand made models on display.
Thomas Francis Fitzgibbon died on March 21, 2019 at the Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken. He was 97 years old.

You can contact Thomas’s son, Paul Dean, by emailing him at johnpaulgrahamedean@gmail.com

Linda Hartough

Since focusing her skills as a landscape painter to recreate some of the world’s most beautiful golf holes, Linda Hartough has become recognized as one of golf’s leading artists. So extraordinary and realistic is her attention to detail that her oil paintings seem to come alive with a clarity that surpasses the camera.

Her work has gained international fame. She is the only artist ever commissioned by the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to do the annual, official paintings and prints for the U.S. Open and British Open Championships. She has painted prestigious golf courses from the U.S. to Scotland to Hong Kong. Her paintings are so admired that they have earned a place on two ABC Television Golf Specials on famous golf holes hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Her paintings are in the collections of such famous clubs as Augusta National, Pine Valley and Laurel Valley. Hartough originals are also included in the private collections of Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Rees Jones.

A confirmed artist since the age of six, Linda was raised in the picturesque country sides of Wilmington, Delaware and Louisville, Kentucky. Much of her early career was spent in Chicago where, after receiving her Fine Arts degree from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970, she made a living by selling her paintings locally. In 1980, Linda moved to South Carolina near Hilton Head where, she painted landscapes, portraits and horses.

In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint the famed 13th hole, thus beginning her golf landscape career. After an enormous response to her work at the 1988 PGA Show in Orlando, Linda focused her career entirely on golf landscapes. Since that time, Linda’s work has enjoyed unparalleled status in the golf world, while receiving international acclaim including Golf Digest’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Linda is privileged to be a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art, a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art.

Linda’s approach to capturing a great golf hole is by spending a week or more at each course, taking photographs at different times of the day to capture all possible lights. She then figures out what is important or memorable in each view of a hole and makes sure this is included in the painting. Her memory serves as a less objective image of the hole. The combination of the two provides the unique view found in each of her paintings.

“I really enjoy painting golf landscape. It is some of the most beautiful and varied landscape in the world combined with a deep, historical sense of tradition that transcends time. The painting is a success when both elements emerge.”

Canvas Paintings by Linda Hartough of Hilton Head, South Carolina . Click here to view her website.

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